1610 Tasting Notes

75
drank Chocolate Mate Chai by Rishi Tea
1610 tasting notes

This is a really interesting mixed-bag of ingredients, most of which I wouldn’t think of blending together in a tea. Looking at my little sample package I can’t really see much actual yerba mate so I’m not sure why it’s mentioned in the title like its the star of the show or something. The long peppers weirded me out at first until I looked up what they were – they look really similar to birch or alder catkins to me.

The directions suggest boiling up the tea with milk like a traditional-style chai, but I don’t think there’s enough tea in the package to make up the ‘2 tbsp’ mentioned in the recipe. So I’m having it plain and I’m enjoying it just fine this way. There’s no black tea in this mix to give the tea a bitter or tannic flavour, so it doesn’t particularly need milk to cut it.

There isn’t much yerba mate to be tasted either – I think the pu-ehr and the chai spices end up making up the bulk of this tea’s flavour. The pu-ehr itself is quite mild (when you consider how earthy they can get) but it’s distinct and it mixes well with the bitter-chocolate flavour of the raw cocoa nibs. The chai part is there too – I can taste the cinnamon most clearly, but cardamom and cloves are hanging around too and the long pepper gives the tea a subtle bite. And the coconut gives it all a nutty finish that manages to work for me despite the mish-mash of components this tea is made up of.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1610 tasting notes

The dry tea smells green and spinach-y with hints of something sweet and flowery. The taste – oh the flavour! This is what a milk oolong is supposed to taste like! It’s almost like drinking smooth, sweet cream rather than tea. I can also taste some very faint floral notes – the tea description says orchid, but the flavour suggests something more like honeysuckle to me.

This tea comes dangerously close to being as good as the milk oolong I had from The O Dor – which officially ranks as The Best Tea Ever in my books. That tea had a thickness and butteriness that this tea doesn’t seem to have, but other than that I think this one matches up.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CMT 雲 山 茶

It wouldn’t surprise me if they added milk flavor.

Jillian

You had to burst my bubble, didn’t you? ;P

CMT 雲 山 茶

For health reasons they would have to disclose any additives. Be interesting to ask them.

Uniquity

The ingredient list online (which seems to always note flavour additives when there are some – It would be foolish for them to list some and not others) lists nothing other than Chinese oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Doesn’t mean the Milk flavor wasn’t added in China before it got to Davids.

Uniquity

But if it was added before they got it, is it something they would have to disclose anymore, especially since they wouldn’t necessarily be aware? These sitations of responsibility interest me.. :)

Gong__Fu_Fighter

With most milk teas the milk flavor is added by the Tea Master during the processing. The milk flavor does not occur naturally in the leaves themselves. In the situation here it was most likely added where the tea was proccessed…China.

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87

De-Cupboarding this tea – I’ll miss it. It was a great introduction into 1st Flush Darjeelings and I’d recommend Lochan Teas as a great company for anyone looking to try some of the finner-quality Indian teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ve got a sample of this for a www.istallabouttheleaf.com review and I’m looking forward to it. So far, every Lochan Tea I’ve tried has been nothing but excellent.

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63
drank Energy by Tealeaves
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According to the package the tisane is supposed to be minty and citrusy – however it really just tastes minty to me. It’s a pretty powerful mint too that leave my mouth feeling cold and tingly. There are also herbal undertones and I can taste the yerba mate a tiny bit.

I don’t know…it’s okay I suppose. There’s a hint of a bitter tang to it and I’m just not really feeling it. It’s coming across as more of a tea you drink for its health benefits rather than a tea you’d drink for its taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

This is a jem I got from the Travelling Teabox when it stopped at my house back in the summer. This particular tea looks very similar to a Chinese Silver Needle with lovely, fuzzy, unbroken buds. They turn a beautiful silver colour when the water is poured over them too.

The flavour is quite unlike a silver needle white tea – this is sweet and fruity and very nectar-like. Beneath it there notes similar to to what I’ve tasted in some of the better-quality Ceylon black teas, although lighter and smoother in this case.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
1610 tasting notes

Pretty nice with milk, although I’m not sure the tea needs it as it’s fairly mild on its own. With milk I noticed that there wasn’t as much of that subtle chai-spice flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Vanilla Jasmine by Golden Moon Tea
1610 tasting notes

I’m used to jasmine teas being greens, so having those flowery flavours mixed with a black tea base instead is an interesting change. I think the stronger flavours of the black tea provide a more solid counterpoint to the perfumy jasmine for soemone like me who doesn’t like their tea tasting like a bar of soap. Even so, this black tea doesn’t taste harsh nor does it drown out the flavouring, so I think this tea is a good balance between two extremes. The vanilla is an interesting addition and it works really well with the jasmine making the tea taste sweet, like some sort of candy – cotton candy maybe?

A really fun and enjoyable tea, and I bet this would taste fantastic with some milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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I’m not sure, but I believe I got this tea from LiberTeas – that’s the problem with my Cupboard; I’ve got so many little samply things kicking around that I don’t remember where and who half of them are from.

This was a pretty mild black tea with a delicate touch of chai-like spice. The maple sugar acted as a light sweetener for the tea without making it too cloying, but still keeping its distinctive flavour. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

You probably did. I know that I had some of this at some point… it is a yummy one!

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80
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
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I didn’t really have high hopes for this one – most flavoured rooibos tea I’ve tried tend to be mostly rooibos with not much ‘flavour’. This one was a pleasent surprise however, because what I tasted is pear – lots and lots of pear. Its real pear too, not an artifically-created approximate. I can almost feel the slightly gritty texture you get when you bite into a ripe pear as I sip this tea. The caramel is more subtle, a light sweetness than appears mostly as the tea cools off. I also love that I can hardly taste the red rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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45

Woah – smells like beer! I’ve never had Kombucha tea before so I expected it to taste similar to an oolong. Actually it tastes more like an alcoholic cooler in my opinion – this is a fermented tea, but it was being sold with all the normal, non-alcoholic drinks so I didn’t think there would be any significant alcohol involved. Huh.

It has a fruity flavour that makes me think of plums combined with something a bit yeasty. It’s an odd mix of sweet and sour and it leaves a strange taste on my tongue.

I’m not sure what I think of this drink except maybe ‘weird’. Really weird.

Preparation
Iced
Angrboda

Wow, that definitely doesn’t sound like something I would like. Beer smell… shudder

Jillian

Yeah I wasn’t too thrilled. I’ve just realized what the aftertaste reminded me of – apple cider vinegar. Bleh!

Angrboda

what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or something.

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